Bloodthirsty mob slaughters 300 crocodiles in revenge after villager eaten alive | World | News
The killing of a protected species is a crime that carries a fine or imprisonment in Indonesia and local authorities are now considering charges in connection with the bloodbath.
Villagers said the local man was attacked and killed on Friday morning while gathering vegetables on the crocodile farm’s breeding sanctuary.
Basar Manullang, head of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua, said: “An employee heard someone screaming for help, quickly went there and saw a crocodile attacking someone.”
After the victim’s funeral on Saturday, several hundred angry locals went to the sanctuary, armed with knives, shovels, hammers and clubs.
Local media reported officials saying the mob first attacked the office of the crocodile farm and then went on to slaughter all 292 reptiles at the sanctuary.
The farm was operating on a licence to breed protected saltwater and New Guinea crocodiles both for preservation and to harvest some of the animals.
But Mr Manullang said one of the conditions of the licence was that the reptiles did not disturb the community.
He said: “To prevent this from happening again, farming licence holders need to secure surrounding areas
“Crocodiles are God’s creatures that need to be protected too.”
Mr Manullang said the Natural Resources Conservation Agency was coordinating with police efforts to investigate the incident.